Oilers-Canadiens postponed as two Montreal players enter NHL's COVID-19 protocol

Monday night's scheduled game between the Edmonton Oilers and host Canadiens has been postponed after two Montreal players were placed in the NHL's COVID-19 protocol.

Forwards Joel Armia and Jesperi Kotkaniemi became Montreal's first players to enter the protocol since the season began on Jan. 13.

The league made the anouncement of the postponement less than an hour before the scheduled 7 p.m. ET start time at Bell Centre.

The postponement was the 38th overall this season for coronavirus-related reasons, and first to involve the seven-team, all-Canadian North Division.

The league listed 10 players in the protocol, with the Los Angeles Kings still awaiting their test results. The 10 players listed matches the most since Feb. 21.

A total of 157 NHL players have now spent at least one day in the COVID-19 protocol this season. Calgary is the only team to not have a player listed.

Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.